The lilies of the field - Matthew 6:28-33 KJV (3 min 43 sec)
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1. In his sermon on the mount, Jesus compared the lilies of the field to emphasize the importance of trusting in God's provision and not being anxious about your worldly needs.
2. "And why take ye thought for raiment?"
Why are you anxious about how you will clothe, feed, and house yourself?
3. "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:"
Jesus highlights the beauty and simplicity of nature, particularly the lilies of the field, to illustrate how they effortlessly grow and thrive without toiling or worrying about their provision. Trust in God's care and don't be consumed by anxiety and excessive labor.
4. "and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
Jesus emphasizes that the beauty and elegance displayed by the flowers of the field surpass even the magnificence associated with King Solomon, known for his opulence. God's creation is intricately cared for, and your concerns should be placed in the perspective of divine provision.
5. "Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?"
Jesus points you to the faithful provision of God. By drawing attention to how God clothes the transient grass of the field, which has a short lifespan, he reassures you that if God takes care of something temporary, He will undoubtedly provide even more abundantly for you, his eternal Son. It also serves as a gentle reminder to "oh ye of little faith' to trust in God's care and not succumb to worry.
6. "So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them."
Jesus advises against worrying about your basic needs such as food, drink, clothing and sheilter, such concerns are characteristic of pagans who prioritize worldly possessions. God is aware of your needs and will provide for them. Once again, Jesus encourages trust in God's care and provision.
The term "pagan" refers to anyone who prioritizes idol worship and worldly pursuits -- money, power, sex, celebrity, etc. The worship of anything other than the one true God is a misuse of time.
7. "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
Placing God's love at the forefront of your life, you will experience His provision and blessings. Jesus reassures you that when you prioritize spiritual matters and align yourself with God's plan of perfect safety and happiness he will take care of your earthly needs. Cultivate a relationship with God by letting go of your grievances and trusting that He will provide for all your needs.